Haiti – Agriculture : Launch of the Exchange Program between fishermen’s associations
As part of the project for the sustainable development of the fishing industry in Haiti, financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Ministry of Agriculture through the Artisanal Fisheries Project, launched this week a program of exchanges between fishermen’s associations from the departments of the South, the South-East and Grand-Anse.
Held in the South-East department, this first series of exchanges was carried out for the benefit of 45 fishermen associations in order to allow them to share their experiences, discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the fishing industry, with the aim of provide solutions and benefit from the experiences of each, both methodologically and strategically.
The objective of this Program is to allow these professionals to make the best use of the potential of the sea and to become real development actors in their respective communities.
Agronomist Laurent Merisier, Coordinator of the Artisanal Fisheries Development Program, said he was satisfied with the initial results. He is firmly convinced that these exchanges will help associations to be more productive, but also to be able to have operating and management tools appropriate to their work. However, he says he is aware that there is still a lot to be done “There is still a long way to go” and he considers it essential that the Ministry, through its programs, help associations to pool their efforts in order to respond effectively to certain sector issues. He also informed the associations that the Ministry would take other steps to revive the sector, to the satisfaction of the participants.